[FONT=Verdana]Sony announced on Monday that it is shutting down production of the Walkman. Talk about ending with a whimper: Who knew that portable cassette players were still being made at all?
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Okay, it's not digital, it's not cool but I always liked my Walkman. First, even now that MP3 players come with FM radio (most) the batteries run down in about two hours.
Second, how much music can you listen to at a stretch? Yeah, it's really, really cool to have 4, or 8, or a jillion gigs all on your iDevice, but really. One cassette in the Walkman, a couple in your backpack or car should see you back home to your collection.
Last, I'm not going to pay for the same music all over again, if I can help it. I have cassettes that are still good ten years or older.
Sadly, my Walkman which had survived my dropping several times finally bear the nth time, though the radio kept working.
Farewell, Walkman! I now have your digital grandson, but you were the first.